More Grist for the Mill

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How 90 Seconds on Sunday Took Me to 1954 and Back

I had been thinking about it for awhile, but after “Susie” (not her real name) mentioned it to me before worship this past Sunday (May 7, 2017) I knew more than ever that I needed to write this message. (More on “Susie” later.) Other than the email I wrote to the good people of Pharr […]

When the Day is Bigger than the People

I don’t buy a lot of our President-Elect’s rhetoric, and wish he didn’t engage in some of the behavior that is part of his M.O., but several articles recently have addressed some activities of a few members of Congress that are small, petty, and unbecoming of the offices these people hold…what a tragedy it is that […]

Two Realities About Every Fourth January 20 No Matter Who

In the six presidential elections that I have been eligible to cast a ballot, it’s a mixed bag with respect to whether or not the candidate for which I voted won the night. Some of those for whom I did not vote campaigned with great venom and vitriol spewed towards either myself or people I […]

Game Seven…

What in the world does a game in Cleveland, OH, on a Wednesday night in November have to teach us about our future as Christians and our life as a church? Tonight, history will be made. Two of baseball’s most historic franchises meet in a winner-take-all matchup that is guaranteed to be historical, for no matter […]

Rather than Mock, Maybe We Should Ask Why…

I JUST HAD TO LAUGH earlier this week when I saw this message on my phone as I tracked a package at FedEx. Truly meant as a tool to help clients who may experience delays in their package schedules, I think the people at Fred Smith’s company capture the essence of what has dominated our […]

Mother’s Day Reflections 2016

In early May, 2007, I wrote a column about Mother’s Day to the congregation I was serving at the time. Over the years I have edited it as life has progressed, but the essence of it never changed. Some may think that it would change this year because it’s Erin’s ‘First Mother’s Day.’ As much as […]

Super Bowl Post-Game Points to Ash Wednesday

Well, the team for whom I was rooting in Super Bowl 50 won the game, and yet this morning I cannot help but feel great sadness for one member of the losing team, Cam Newton. Honestly, I could not have been any more pleased at how he and his team were thoroughly dominated from start […]

I’ve Had Enough…I’m HIGHLY Offended…

[Ed. Note – I have been away from blogging for quite some time as Erin and I welcomed the birth of our first child last month. My plan was to get back to writing at the beginning of Advent, but the events in Beirut and Paris led me to write now.] Earlier today, The Economist ran […]

The First Day of School, A Woman, A Well, and Redemption

Well, it’s the first week of school across Louisiana, as my Facebook feed has told me over the past few days, and as an expectant father I’ve been looking at these pictures with more interest than in years past (no offense to my friends, I hope) as my mind has gone to the idea that […]

Words from 54,929 Days Ago Relevant as Ever

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, […]